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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation
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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

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Episodes

Ep. 45: (Rebroadcast) The Magic Number to Elections

11/14/2018
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It's election season in India again, and everybody wants to know who will win! Listen to this rebroadcast of Episode 45 of the Pragati Podcast to learn about how opinion polls work, and why they often fail. This will help you parse all the news that will come your way between now and December on elections taking place in Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana. Karthik Shashidhar joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss election polling, what works...

Duration:00:38:38

Ep. 69: Why Do We Elect Criminals?

11/7/2018
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Why do we vote criminals and corrupt politicians into power? Can politicians really buy the votes of Indians? Does good governance translate into electoral victories? Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India. Milan is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. The book recently won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay...

Duration:01:00:01

Ep. 68: Being a Foreign Correspondent in India

10/31/2018
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How do you report on India for a global audience? What do you choose to write about? And how should we understand cronyism in Indian policy-making? Author and journalist James Crabtree joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 68 of The Pragati Podcast. James Crabtree was the Mumbai Bureau chief of the Financial Times from 2011 to 2016, and is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is also the author of The Billionnaire Raj: A...

Duration:00:41:00

Ep. 67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World

10/24/2018
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Does China really have a grand strategy to take over the world? Is Chinese media nothing more than a mouthpiece of the Chinese government? And has China side-stepped an overpopulation problem with good public policy? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath again in Episode 67 to dispel more myths about China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly...

Duration:01:00:19

Ep. 66: Myths about China

10/17/2018
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Most Indians know more about USA and Europe than our northern neighbour China. This two-part series on The Pragati Podcast will bust myths about China and the Chinese government. China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath in Episode 66 to dispel commonly held beliefs about the People's Republic of China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly...

Duration:01:10:57

Ep. 65: Journalism, South India Style

10/10/2018
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How do you do good journalism online? How do you keep opinion and reportage separate? How do you report live on active humanitarian disasters like the Kerala Floods of 2018? Dhanya Rajendran, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The News Minute, joins host Pavan Srinath in episode 65 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how they built a great digital news platform. If you have any questions for the guests or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit...

Duration:00:39:09

Ep. 64: The Aadhaar Judgements Explained

10/4/2018
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Rahul Matthan and Manasa Venkataraman unpack the Supreme Court's judgments on Aadhaar. In Episode 64, The Pragati Podcast delves deep into the 1,448-page, 6.5-lakh-word set of judgments. The episode includes discussions on the constitutionality of how the Aadhaar Act was passed in 2016, how and whether Aadhaar can be used by for government subsidies, taxes, and more -- and whether it can be used by the private sector at all. Listen in to learn more about what to expect from the...

Duration:01:10:36

Ep. 63: Modern Cuisine meets 19th Century Governance

9/26/2018
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There are restaurants at every corner in a city like Bangalore, but they are never easy to run. Governments make the lives of restaurateurs more difficult in a million ways. Banning 'dance bars', regulating signboards or controlling liquor licenses make dining out more expensive for customers, create uncertainty for businesses and put jobs at risk. Chef extraordinaire Manu Chandra and Pragati's own Madhu Menon join host Pavan Srinath on episode 63 of The Pragati Podcast. Manu also heads...

Duration:00:46:01

Ep. 62: Syria and the Ugliness of Modern Warfare

9/19/2018
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The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011. Now the war is entering a new and perhaps final phase. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million people and displaced more than 10 million Syrians? Lawyer and policy analyst Ameya Naik returns to the Pragati Podcast to talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan. The show discusses how Syria got here, the price that Syrians have paid, and how such a conflict can happen anywhere in the...

Duration:00:59:43

Ep. 61: The Many Indian Genomes

9/12/2018
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It is time to talk about the many Indian Genomes, and the great genetic diversity of Indians, 28 years after the Human Genome Project was launched. Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about all things India, genes, history and health challenges. Dr Thangaraj is a renowned scientist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB, Hyderabad. He has published extensively on the origin of...

Duration:00:47:19

Ep. 60: The Indian Rupee in a Turkish Bath

9/5/2018
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How do actions by President Erdoğan in Turkey affect the Indian rupee? What is the emerging market crisis that business channels keep talking about? How does changing geopolitics in the Middle East affect everyone from Brazil to China to Pakistan? Narayan Ramachandran returns to the Pragati Podcast on episode 60 to explain the great game of dominoes that is macroeconomics. Narayan is co-founder and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a social entrepreneur and an emerging market...

Duration:00:47:43

Ep. 59: Trump's New Washington DC

8/29/2018
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It's been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States of America. What has happened to the Washington DC ecosystem since then? In Episode 59, Soren Dayton joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss what the Republicans, Democrats, businesses and think tanks have been up to since Trump. Soren has spent over a decade working in Washington DC in various roles, including two years on Capitol Hill. His views expressed on the Pragati...

Duration:00:37:40

Ep. 58: A Thin Svaraj

8/22/2018
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If Swaraj is your birthright, do you have it? What does Swaraj even mean? Do we have different concepts of self-rule? And how do we even spell the word -- sva or swa? Aakash Singh Rathore joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss his conception of 'Thin Svaraj' on Episode 58 of The Pragati Podcast. Aakash is the Director of the International Research Network for Religion and Democracy, and was formerly a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru...

Duration:00:36:03

Ep. 57: Let My Nation Awake

8/15/2018
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What does nationalism mean? How far has India come since 1947? What about the Indian nation gives you hope and despair? On this Independence Day Special of The Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai and Aakash Singh Rathore join hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to talk about the state of the Indian nation. Nitin Pai(https://twitter.com/acorn) is the Director of the Takshashila Institution. Aakash Singh Rathore(https://twitter.com/Aakash_Ironman) is the Director of the International Research...

Duration:00:18:51

Ep. 56: A Brave New World Order

8/8/2018
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Everyone from Henry Kissinger and Donald Trump to Solomon Lane in the new Mission Impossible(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb49-oV0F78) movie cares about the the end of the old world order. What is a world order? How is it changing? Most importantly, what should India be doing about it? In Episode 56 of The Pragati Podcast, Pranay Kotasthane(https://twitter.com/pranaykotas) and Anirudh Kanisetti(https://twitter.com/AKanisetti) join hosts Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) and...

Duration:00:53:18

Ep. 55: I'm not a Data Subject, but a Data Principal!

8/2/2018
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The Government of India is trying to create the first ever law to protect your personal data and information. The Justice Srikrishna Committee has come out with a draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. So what's it the data protection bill all about? Will it safeguard our privacy or create a monstrous government apparatus? Manasa Venkataraman(https://twitter.com/nasac) and Ajay Patri(https://twitter.com/ajaybpatri), researchers at the Takshashila...

Duration:00:51:00

Ep. 54: Privacy for 21st Century India

7/30/2018
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Did Pakistan get a privacy law before India? What's a data protection law, and how is that different from a privacy law? Rahul Matthan(https://twitter.com/matthan), author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast. Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a...

Duration:01:10:08

Ep. 53: Privacy 1.0 to 3.0

7/30/2018
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Did walls create privacy, and is the internet going to destroy it? Is Privacy a western idea, being imported to India? Rahul Matthan (https://twitter.com/matthan), author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast. Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a...

Duration:00:48:02

Ep. 52: A Tale of Two Nukes: North Korea (Part 2)

7/25/2018
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If Donald Trump wants to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, how come he met with 'Little Rocket Man' In June? Why does it seem like the world has forgotten the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? In the second of a two-part series, Ameya Naik (https://twitter.com/kianayema) joins Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) and Hamsini Hariharan(https://twitter.com/HamsiniH) to discuss what is happening with negotiations between North Korea and America and the current debates on...

Duration:00:33:39

Ep. 51: A Tale of Two Nukes: Iran (Part 1)

7/18/2018
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Why did Trump sign a nuclear deal with North Korea, while bailing out of a deal with Iran? Is it just Trump being Trump? Or is there more to the story? In Episode 51 of the Pragati Podcast, lawyer and analyst Ameya Naik(http://twitter.com/kianayema ) joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan(https://twitter.com/HamsiniH) and Pavan Srinath(https://twitter.com/zeusisdead) to discuss the nuts and bolts of nuclear sanctions and deals. Ameya talks about Iran in this episode, and will talk about North Korea...

Duration:00:43:02